tv U.S. House of Representatives Opening of the 116th Congress CSPAN January 4, 2019 3:58am-7:00am EST
has probably bought it over the web. killingmething that is more americans than are dying in automobile accidents. this is something that is a form of a illicit trade that is deadly to our population and if you have your bank account wiped who has beene allowed to penetrate financial accounts, it has enormous impacts on the ordinary citizen. shelley, our guest on "afterwards," sunday at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span book tv. yesterday was the first day of the 116th congress and in the house, a new democratic majority took control, electing nancy pelosi speaker. members took the oath of office, newhouse leaders were announced, and the house rules package was approved. ears the opening of the house as they gaveled in at noon.
, iroy and unbridled optimism offer this prayer. please join me. almighty and enduring god whose lordship is just and true, we bow in recognition of that god hallowed moment of inaugurating a speaker to preside over and provide leadership to the house of representatives of the united states. hush ourmporarily preoccupation with vexing considerations that deplete our energy and consumer our hours to seek favor from now is immaculate voting record demonstrates guidance. we pray lord for wisdom sufficient to lean not on our unaided privilege and power to address the great challenges of this day that are fraught with tribalism at home and turbulence abroad.
thou who has the whole world in his hand. we pray for inner resources to rise above political selflessness -- selfishness and shrink to a level of penitence that would be in harmony with your will and when we leave this place, we will with your blessing launch a bolder attempt to become the architects of a kindly nation purging itself of any and all prejudices which degrade the unmatched blessings you have awarded the people of this great nation. inspire us, the members of this august body to dedicate ourselves to the healing of open sores in a land where there is far too much mistrust and enmity of those who are different. let's now in this temple of governments by the speaker and leaders of both sides of the political aisle, we pray for your presence in this place.
lord,d thee every hour, how we need thee. your hand of protection. when we are weary, grant a slight to our way -- us light to our way so that any diminutive success may give you the glory. receive this prayer, lord, amen. guests will please remain standing and join in the pledge of allegiance. the representatives elect will stand for the pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the clerk of the house: as
directed by law the clerk of the house has prepared the official roll of the representatives elect. certificates of election, 434 seats in the 116th congress have been received by the clerk of the house. the clerk has not received a certificate of election for the 9th district of the state of north carolina. the names of those persons whose credentials show that they were regularly elected representatives in accord with the laws of their respective states or of the united states will be called. the representatives elect will record their presence by electronic device and their in alpha be reported -- alphabetica order by state beginning with the state of alabama to determine whether a quorum is present. representatives elect will have a minimum of 15 minutes to record their presence by electronic device. representatives elect who have not obtained their voting i.d. card may do so now in the speaker's lobby.
expected to be a fairly long day in the u.s. house aside from the opening part here with the election of the speaker, the establishment of rules. we expect votes well into the afternoon and into the evening. welcome to our live coverage as we begin our 23rd year of live house coverage. you may notice a different look because the c-span cameras are on the floor seeing other views of the house on this historic day. ofning us for the early part the day is molly reynolds, senior fellow on governance at the brookings institute. she maintains their database, the vital statistics on congress. this is a day prescribed by the constitution but a lot has to happen. important things have to happen, including the election of the speaker. let's start with the vote happening now.
is establishing the presence of a quorum, establishing there are enough house members in the chamber for the house to conduct business. why folks are registering they are there to do business, opening a new congress. >> another notable thing we saw , neitherthe day began kevin mccarthy nor paul ryan nor nancy pelosi gaveled in the session. it was the clerk of the house. >> right, so that's how the new congress begins. the clerk of the house is actually the outgoing clerk from the previous congress, one of the things congress will do today is select a new clerk. cheryl johnson will be the new clerk of the house. she's a former democratic hill aide which will be returning to the hill to do that very important administrative job in
the 116th congress. though technically 15 minutes, it will likely go half an hour or so. we are seeing the likely speaker of the house, nancy pelosi. how does that procedure happen? democrat, see a misses pelosi -- mrs. pelosi -- pelosi'sut in name put in. we will also see republican kevin mccarthy put in, the minority leader. his name was put in by liz cheney, the newly elected chair of the republican conference. there will be brief nominating speeches and then there will be l of the membership. each member of the house will vote by voice.
votely, we see the house via electronic device and as for the doing now quorum call. we expect some democrats will not vote for mrs. pelosi. some may vote for other candidates. other members or nonmembers as the case maybe. the speaker of the house does not have to be a member of the house or they may vote present. development over whether pelosi has the votes. -- republicans are likely to vote for representative mccarthy, but that will take time because each member votes by voice. c-span's camera showing the press gallery, calling members
to the floor to establish a quorum. once the speakership has happened, what is the next step in the process? there is a new set of rules. >> the house, unlike the senate, is not what we call a continuing body. because two thirds of the , the senateber ship rules also convey from session to session. the house needs to adopt a new ules package at the start of each new congress. evening when we are having the same party control two consecutive congresses, we will see some changes. but more often, as is the case this year, we will see bigger changes when a new party is coming into the house majority. house rules package has a number of changes. including around some budget a provision related to the debt ceiling, that sort of thing. >> we saw moments ago the representative elect omar,
taking over keith ellison's seat, and she is wearing headwear on the house floor. that has not been allowed in years past. newill be allowed under the democratic rules. as you read them, what did they say their reason for doing that was? important for democrats in particular to send a message as to theon membership of the house and so mrs. omar is the first somali-american elected to congress, one of the first two muddle -- muslim women who will serve in the congress. that allows her to fill the religious responsibility she has on the floor. -- our guestis new is molly reynolds of the brookings institute, first day , the quorum call underway. let's watch and see as new members and other members gather on the house floor.
>> from the center of the screen, the former navy seal, members will be sworn in shortly. the call of the house, the first day of the new congress. olli rehn odds with brookings with us as we watch the gathering on the floor. let's get back to the rules for a second because we still seek a significant changes in terms of the naming of committees and also establishment of additional committees in the house. molly: democrats in the rules package will change the names of two house committees. they will return republicans have called the education and the workforce back to its previous name or one of its
previous names, the committee on education and labor. where democrats see certain priorities for the committee. we also change the name of the committee government and oversight reform to be committee on oversight and reform, i believe. that is meant to reflect the jurisdiction of that committee, how the democrats see the committee's role. we also expect two new committees, one on climate issues, has been the subject of some debate over the past couple of weeks from the democratic caucus regarding the powers that committee has. the select committee will join previous efforts at congressional reform that will the rulesmbers of
committee, the committee on house administration. it is charged with developing recommendations on how to improve the house in the 21st century. your focus at brookings has been the congressional budget process. there are changes happening in the debra katz group -- democrats rule. tell us about that, and also, what are they doing in terms of forestallingt and debt limit fights we have seen before? is a: the gephardt rule provision that allows the house to consider to have passed an increase to the debt limit upon completion of action on the budget resolution, which is congress's high-level spending and revenue blueprint for the coming fiscal year. therevious iterations of
gephardt rule, to trigger the automatic adoption of an increase to the debt limit in the house, it is wired congress the budgetto act on resolution. the revised version of the gephardt rule we see in the opening-day rules package -- on the budget resolution. it allows the house to say it has increased the debt limit. separate vote that would be difficult for some members. guest is molly reynolds with the brookings institute helping us understand and process what is going on on the house floor. a day that isd, stipulated by the u.s. constitution for the gathering in of the new congress here in the u.s. house. they are calling members to the floor, this quorum call as we continue our live coverage. going to the speaker's election, the next step in the process,
leader pelosi was first elected speaker in 2007. david up with the loss in the 2010 election. when was the last time a speaker came back from having served and out of power? molly: it has been quite a while since we have seen this happen. ourrayburn, for whom one of office buildings is named, was the last person to do this in 1955. it really is a sort of significant achievement for representative pelosi to have returned to holding the speaker's gavel after having been in the minority for a while. >> speaking of returning, the center of the screen is the new congresswoman from florida. she takes over the seat vacated by ileana ros-lehtinen who retired. she is the 127 women, total a record number of women serving. this is the call of the house.
the speaker elections will happen next. in that process, that is conducted entirely by the clerk? molly: it is conducted by a clerk with assistance from tellers who are appointed by the clerk from each party. usingl see that proceed voice votes of each member either for a candidate, most will vote for representative pelosi or representative mccarthy. some will vote present. some may abstain from voting, and some may vote my voice for other candidates, other members of the house or other folks outside the house. we have seen in recent congresses individual votes for colin powell, david walker, the former controller, that sort of thing. coveragel continue our of the u.s. house and remind you the senate is gaveling in at this hour. you can follow that over on c-span2.
molly reynolds with the brookings institution is with us. there is also a significant role for the man who is called the dean of the house, don young from alaska. what will that be? molly: don young will administer the oath of office to the speaker elect. again, we presume that will be mrs. pelosi. that is a role he gets by virtue of being the longest-serving house member. he is quite a character, so that is always a bit of a fun moment on this day of high pomp and circumstance. john: don young tweeting earlier today, attending church services this morning in a bipartisan service on capitol hill, tweeted out a photo of himself and nancy pelosi. this is the call of the house, the election of speaker and there is don young seated on the floor. the house under way, the election of speaker coming up.
-- losey. we will see the nomination be put forward. we will see his republican counterpart of wyoming put forth the nomination of representative mccarthy on the floor. her office has sent out in email that indicates she has designated core -- her tellers. will republicans pick people to count the votes? tellers.ere are four there will be two from each party. john: moments ago, live coverage
resident commissioner from the commonwealth of puerto rico for a term of four years beginning january 3, 2017. the honorable eleanor holmes norton as delegate from the district of columbia. the honorable michael st. nichlas as delegate from guam. the honorable stacey plaskett from virgin islands. the honorable amata raddy wagon as delegate from the american samoa. gle goreo -- gre goreo sablan from the northern mariana islands. pursuant to law and precedent the next order of business is election of the speaker of the house of representatives. for the 116th congress. ominations are now in order.
the clerk recognizing the gentleman from new york, mr. jefferies. why refries: -- mr. jefferies: thank you, madam clerk. let me begin by welcoming all the members and families to the people's house in connection with the start of the 116th congress. the scripture says weeping may endure during the long night, but joy will come in the morning. madam clerk, it is with great joy that i rise today as directed by the house democratic caucus to place the name of nancy pelosi in nomination to be the next speaker of the ups house of representatives.
without question nancy pelosi has a track record of legislative success that is unparalleled in modern american history. nancy pelosi captained a ship that defeated the effort to privatize social security, rescued our economy in the midst of the great recession, saved the american automobile industry, provided affordable health care to more than 20 million americans. created the consumer financial
protection bureau, enacted a minimum wage increase for the first time in 10 years, struck a blow against mass incarceration with passage of the fair sentencing act, and provided relief to tens of millions of americans who were credit card holders that were being defrauded. but nancy pelosi is just getting started. in the 116th congress she will continue to fight hard for the people. nancy pelosi will fight to lower health care costs, strengthen the affordable care act, protect people with pre-existing conditions, increase pay for everyday americans, enact a real infrastructure plan, clean up corruption, defend the dreamers, fix the voting rights act, and end the era of voter uppression once and for all.
will fight for a country that provides for the poor, works for working families, makes sense for the middle class, stands up for senior citizens, innovates in the inner city, and strengthen suburban communities. nancy pelosi is a woman of faith. a loving wife. a mother of five. a grandmother of nine. a sophisticated strategist. a legendary legislator. a voice for the voiceless. a defender of the disenfranchised. a powerful, profound, prophetic, principled public servant and that's why we stand squarely behind her today. let me be clear, house mocrats are down n.d.p., nancy deli sando pelosi, the once and future speaker of the
united states house of representatives. i proudly place her name in nomination, may god bless her, may god bless the united states of america. . the clerk of the house: the clerk how recognizes the gentlewoman from wyoming, ms. cheney. ms. cheney: thank you, madam clerk. i'd like goin i think by thanking my colleague, the gentleman from new york, mr. jeffries, and welcoming all of the members and the families who are here with us today. madam clerk, we gather today in this magnificent place, on -- in this body, a place where there's no other like it in the world, the united states house
of representatives. the people's house. this is the place where the great battles and debates about human liberty and freedom have been waged since the beginning of our republic. it was on these grounds, madam clerk, that abraham lincoln sought to heal this nation in his second inaugural address. it was here that we passed the 14th amendment to the constitution, guaranteeing equal protection under the law. it was here, madam clerk, in this chamber, 100 years ago this year, that we passed the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. i would point out, madam clerk, finally catching up with my
home state of wyoming, the first place in all the world where women had suffrage beginning in 1869. now, madam clerk, we have not always gotten it right. one legislator famously said, quote, we have the power to do any damn fool thing we want and we seem to do it about every 10 minutes. madam clerk, that was a senator. and a democrat. on this ground, madam clerk, we have inaugurated presidents and mourned them, declared wars and celebrated peace, debated all the issues facing this great republic down through the years. today, as we take our oath of office, democrat and republican alike, we inherit that legacy and that duty to defend and protect our constitution. madam clerk, it is my high honor today to have the great privilege to nominate the gentleman from california, mr.
mccarthy, to lead us in that work as speaker of the united states house of representatives. leader mccarthy is the grandson of a cattle rancher. he's the son of a firefighter. he grew up in a working class family. he started and ran his own small business. kevin owns in bakersfield. he paid his way through college and he learned firsthand that the government of the united states is more of a burden than a help to small businesses all across this country. no one has fought harder, madam clerk, for the rights and freedoms of american families, to ensure they get to keep more of what they earned so that the american dream is accessible to
all. been a - no one has greater champion of ensuring our government is limited, exercising its constitutional obligations to defend our rights and resisting the urge that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle constantly seek to fulfill of empowering federal bureaucrats o tell us how to live. leader mccarthy will always look for ways to work with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle when we can. but he will never compromise on our fundamental rights and freedoms. leader mccarthy knows our ights come from god. they are enshrined in our constitution. he knows government is not the source of our liberty.
rather, it is instituted among men and women to secure our liberty. leader mccarthy has led us through the 115th congress in unmatched historic productivity. including passage of the historic tax cuts and jobs act, we know, know -- madam clerk, that the american people know better than the government how to spend their money. leader mccarthy led us in passage of the support act, providing important resources to help address the devastating opioid crisis across this nation. he helped work to pass the v.a. mission act, so we could finally provide our veterans with the care that they deserve. leader mccarthy led us in repealing historic numbers of obama-era regulations that were strangling families, small businesses, and community banks all across our nation.
the s leader -- he was leader in the important fight to combat human trafficking and, madam clerk, leader mccarthy led us in passing legislation to secure our borders, keep our nation safe, and the devastating practice of sanctuary cities and, yes, madam clerk, build the wall. leader mccarthy also led to ensure we pass the american health care act, to expand access and options and put patients and families in the driver's seat, not government bureaucrats. leader mccarthy made sure that we passed on time and at a sufficient level
for the first time in a decade appropriations to fund the united states armed forces, to fulfill our most sacred and important constitutional duty. madam clerk, because he will lead us in fighting for all the people of this great nation from all walks of life, because he will stand against the fraud of socialism, which strips power from the people and gives it to the government, because he knows that the most important words of our founding documents are the very first words, we, the people. as chair of the house republican conference, i am honored and directed by the vote of that conference to present for election to the office of the speaker of the house of representatives for the 116th congress, the name of
the honorable kevin mccarthy, representative-elect from the state of california. the clerk of the house: the names of the honorable nancy pelosi, a representative-elect from the state of california, and the honorable kevin mccarthy, a representative-elect from the state of california, have been placed in nomination. are there further nominations? there being no further nominations, the clerk appoints the following tellers. the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. kaptur. the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis. the gentlewoman from california, ms. lofgren. the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx. the tellers will come forward and take their seats at the
the clerk of the house: the names of the honorable nancy pelosi, a representative-elect from the state of california, and the honorable kevin mccarthy, a representative from the state of california, have been placed in nomination. the roll now will be called and those responding to their names will indicate by surname the nominee of their choosing. the reading clerk will now call the roll.
>> there are four tellers, two from each party. is that too quadruple check the results? >> this is important to get right, so they want to make sure they have ordered everyone in the house voting, or in some cases voting present or not voting. be clear, the person who become speaker needs a simple majority. guest: to become speaker, you need a simple majority of those numbers voting for a member by name. a couple of other folks voted present. that reduces the total number of
votes that representative pelosi needs to be speaker. if i have my math right, the 214. number is there were four folks in attendance who voted present or did not vote. host: it seems like 20 other members, jim jordan, cheri bustos got votes. the republican side, most of the folks who saw vote for someone other than the kevin mccarthy were members of the house freedom caucus. on the democratic side, it is a mixture of some house freshman who said on the campaign trail they would not support nancy pelosi for speaker and some
of the state of illinois has received two. the honorable stacy abrams of the state of georgia has received one. the honorable joseph biden of the state of delaware has received one. the honorable marcia fudge of the state of ohio has received one. the honorable joseph p. kennedy iii of the state of massachusetts has received one. the honorable john lewis of the state of georgia has received one. the honorable thomas massie of the state of kentucky has received one. the honorable stephanie murphy of the state of florida has received one. with three recorded as present, therefore, the honorable nancy pelosi of the state of california, having received a majority of the votes cast, is duly elected as speaker of the house of representatives for he 116th congress.
the clerk appoints the following committee to escort the speaker-elect to the chair. the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy, the gentleman from south carolina, mr. clyburn, the gentleman from louisiana, mr. scalise, the gentleman from new mexico, mr. lujan, the gentlewoman from wyoming, ms. cheney, the gentleman from new york, mr. jeffries, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, the gentlewoman from massachusetts,
ms. clark, the gentleman from alabama, mr. palmer, the gentleman from missouri, mr. smith, and the members of the california delegation, ms. waters, mr. calvert, ms. eshoo, ms. roybal-allard, ms. lofgren, r. sherman, ms. lee, ms. neap, mr. thompson, mrs. davis, mr. schiff, mr. nunes, ms. sanchez, mr. costa, ms. matsui, mr. mcnerney, ms. speier, mr. hunter, mr. mcclintock, ms. hu, mr. garamendi, ms. bass, mr. bera, ms. brownley, mr. cardenas, mr. cook, mr. huffman, mr. lamalfa, mr. lowenthal, mr. peters, mr.
ruiz, mr. swalwell, mr. takano, . vargas, mr. aguilar, mr. desauliner, mr. lieu, ms. torres, ms. barragan, mr. carbajal, mr. correa, mr. khanna, mr. panetta, mr. gomez, mr. sneros, mr. cox, harder, ms. hill, ms. porter, mr. rouda. the committee will retire from the chamber to escort the speaker-elect to the chair.
what's ahead for the house today? thatr: the next thing happens is we will see the minority leader, kevin mccarthy, make some introductory remarks. then we will see don young of alaska, the dean of the house, the longest-serving member introduce nancy pelosi and then we will see nancy pelosi make remarks to the house before she is sworn in. once she is sworn in, she will swear in the rest of the members. expect to see the adoption of the opening day rules package. that's on things related to the budget and other things like changes to the discharge position and a new consensus calendar is met to open up the house.
an end of terme limits for committee chairs which is a rule that republicans had in place and later today, we expect votes on a couple of different measures aimed at reopening the government. it would am the partial government shutdown. on sinceen going before christmas. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell has already said he does not plan on bringing those measures to the floor of the senate unless president trump indicates he would sign them but the house is certainly getting right to work today on important legislative matters. the: you supervised production and maintenance of the brookings package, the vital statistics on congress. oft strikes you as a couple the most important statistics about this new congress, particularly the house? guest: probably the biggest 2018 looking back at the elections a record number of women who will serve in the new
congress. powerfulmen be a very political force in the 2018 midterms. having a record number of women serving in congress is still far onrt of representation based the share of the population and it gives the biggest demographic takeaway. host: we appreciate your guidance and this first day in the u.s. house of the 116th congress and we remind our viewers and listeners that they can follow your coverage at brookings. thanks so much for being with us. this is live coverage of the u.s. house. we expect to hear from the speaker elect very shortly, nancy pelosi.
mr. mccarthy: the house will be in order. colleagues, friends and fellow americans, it is an honor to serve with you and to welcome you to the first day of the 116th united states house of representatives. we are here in this chamber because the faith of your neighbors and support of your family. we are here today to represent the voice and the vote of 325 million americans.
now i would like everyone to pause. i want you to reflect on this fact. in the last 230 years dating back to the founding of our republic, fewer than 11,000 americans had the privilege to stand here as a member of the house, just as you do. chosen by their fellow citizens to represent them in washington. what an amazing, invigorating, and yes, frustrating experiment that is, representative democracy. the ink was barely dry on the constitution when ben franklin wondered out loud, whether this new nation was capable of keeping its government and its freedom that has been granted to us generation to generation. centuries later, people still harbor similar concerns. they wonder if congress truly
represents them. is it still capable of solving big problems. well, there is no guarantee. it is up to us, all of us in this room to make congress work. to create and debate, just like our founding fathers did many years ago, with courage, with ommitment and resolve. we are a small group with a very large responsibility. the burden on us 435 members is to represent 325 million americans faithfully, to work together so that tomorrow is better than today. as ronald reagan advised us, america's too great for small dreams. when we work together, we succeed together as one nation. we are now entering a period of
divided government, but that is no excuse for gridlock or inaction. we are at our best when we focus not on retribution but on building a more perfect union. but while we seek cooperation, there is one core principle upon which we will not compromise, republicans will always choose personal freedom over government control. now this very floor has hosted some of the toughest debates in our nation's history, but it is also the most noble achievements.
this house has triumphed in times of crisis. it still stands not on sand but on the solid rock of constitutional preliminary. today this is in pursuit of a perfect union. the country knows nancy pelosi with an experienced leader with three decades of service and fighter for her causes and true trailblazer. even when we disagree with one another completely, it is important to remember that we are bounded together in a common cause, our love for america. as fellow citizens and friends, let us lead together to show the people that we are truly their voice and their vote.
in that spirit, in the spirit of a more perfect union and in the unshakeable belief that america was, is and always will be the greatest nation on the face of the earth. and in that spirit, i extend my hand of friendship to every member of this body. and to the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, i extend to you his gavel.
ms. pelosi: thank you very much, leader mccarthy. i look forward working with you in a bipartisan way. for the good of our country respecting our constituents, every one of you, i respect you d the constituents sent each and every one of us here. they expect for us to find our common ground and we must try to stand our ground where we can, but always extend the hand of friendship. thank you, kevin mccarthy, for your leadership. i look forward to working with you. congratulations on being the leader of the party. and congratulations to each and every one of you. new members of congress, newly re-elected memberships of congress, thank you for your courage to run for office and to
serve in this distinguished body. every two years we gather in this chamber for a sacred ritual under the dome of this temple of democracy, the capital of the united states, we renew the great american experiment. i'm particularly proud to be women speaker of the house of this congress, which marks the 100th year of women having the right to vote. and we all have the ability and the privilege to serve with over 100 women members of congress, he largest number in history.
as leader mccarthy said, each of us comes to this chamber strengthened by the trust of our constituents and the love of our families. let us congratulate and welcome all of the families who are here today. thank you to our families. let me take the privilege of thanking my dear husband, paul, and our five children. our five children.
nancy, paul, jacqueline, alexandra. and our grandchildren. thomas and paul. bella and octavio. we're so proud of all of our grandchildren. and we're proud of everyone's grandchildren and children who are here today. we'll see more of them. i'm also proud of my d'alesandro family that's here from baltimore for us, too. in the spirit -- in that spirit, my mother and father, my brother, tommy, was also mayor of baltimore, taught us through their example that public service is a noble calling. that we should serve with our heart full of love and that america's heart is full of love. seeing that to us last night in my comrade -- italian american with all that pride, i want to acknowledge tony bennett, who
is here with us today as well. thank you, tony. he helped -- he helped -- he helped free the concentration camps during the time of world war ii. he marched with martin luther king. he is a true american patriot. thank you, tony. and, again, i want to thank my constituents from san francisco who have entrusted me to represent them in congress in the spirit of st. francis, the patron saint of san francisco and his song of st. francis is our anthem. make me a channel of thy peace. we heard that in church this morning, but it is our mission. and let me thank our men and women in uniform, our veterans, and our military families and
caregivers. whose service reminds us of our mission to make the future worthy of their sacrifice. to our men and women in uniform. we enter this new congress with a sense of great hope and competence for the future and deep humility and prayerfulness in the face of challenges ahead. our nation is at a historic moment. two months ago the american people spoke and demanded a new dawn. they called upon the beauty of our constitution that our system of checks and balances that protects our democracy, remembering that the legislative branch is article 1, the first branch of government, co-equal to the
presidency and to the judiciary. they wanted congress that delivers results for the people, opening up opportunity and lifting up their lives. we're hearing the voice of the future there. how beautiful. when our new members take the oath, our congress will be refreshed and our democracy will be strengthened by their optimism, idealism and patriotism. f this transformative freshmen class. congratulations to all of you in the freshman class. working together, we will redeem the promise of the american dream for every family, advancing progress for every community. we must be pioneers of the future. this congress must accelerate a future that advances america's
preeminence in the world and opens up opportunities for all. building an economy that gives all americans the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century -- public education, workforce development, good-paying jobs, and secured pensions. we have heard from too many families who wonder in this time of innovation and globalization if they have a place in the economy of the future. we must remove all doubt that they do and say to them individually, we will have an conomy that works for you. let us declare we will call upon bold thinking to address the disparity of income in america which is at the root of the crisis of confidence felt by so many americans. as justice brandeis said, we may have democracy or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of the few.
but we cannot have both. we must end that injustice and restore the public faith in a better future for themselves and their children. we must be champions of the middle class and all those who aspire to it, because the middle class is the backbone of our democracy. has been since the birth -- it has been since the birth of our democracy. aristotle said it is manifest that the best political community is sworn by citizens of the middle class in which the middle class is large and stronger than any of the other classes. we must fight for the middle class, it is fair and fiscally sound, protecting medicare, medicaid, and social security. we must also thank the
existential threat of our time -- climate crisis, a crisis manifested in epic proportions. the american people understand the urgency. the people are ahead of the congress. the congress must join them. and that is why we have created a select committee on climate crisis, the entire congress must work to put an end to the inaction and denial of science that threaten the planet and the future. this is a -- this is a decision -- a public health decision about clean air, clean water for our children's health. it's a decision for america's global preeminence in the green technologies. it's a decision, a security to be n to keep us all
good stewards of god's creation. we have no illusions that our work will be easy and that all of us in this chamber will always agree. but let us give a pledge that when we disagree we respect each other and we respect the truth. we will debate and advance good ideas no matter where they come from, and in that spirit, democrats will be offering the senate republican appropriations legislation to reopen government later today. we will do so -- we will do so to meet the needs of the american people, to protect our
borders and to respect our workers. and i pledge that this congress will be transparent, bipartisan, and unifying, that we will seek to reach across the aisle in this chamber and across divisions across our nation. in the past two years, the american people have spoken. tens of thousands of public events were held. hundredses of thousands of people turned out. millions of calls were made. countless families, even sick little children, our little lobbyists, our little lobbyists bravely came forward to tell their stories, and they made a big difference. now the floor of this house must be america's town hall where people will see our debates and where their voices ll be heard and effect our decisions. transparency will be the order f the day.
and as mr. jeffries, our distinguished chairman, said, we will follow our mandate for the people. and i thank you for your kind nomination and accept those kind remarks on behalf of the entire house democratic caucus who made all of those victories possible. some of them in a bipartisan way. empower our mandate for the people, to lower health care costs and prescription drug prices and protect people with pre-existing medical onditions. increase paychecks -- to increase paychecks by rebuilding america with green and modern infrastructure from sea to shining sea. we look forward to working with the president on that.
to pass h.r. 1, to restore integrity to government so that people can have confidence that government -- in a government that works for the people, not the special interest. .r. 1. this house will take overdue legislation that has bipartisan support, bipartisan support in the congress and across the country. we will make our communities safer and keep our sacred promise to the victims, survivors and families of gun violence by passing bipartisan ackground check legislation. we will make america fairer by passing the equality act, to end discrimination against the lgbtq community.
and we will make america more american by passing -- by , otecting our patriotic courageous dreamers. all three -- all three of those legislative initiatives have bipartisan support in this body. when we're talking about the dreamers, let us remember what president reagan said in his last speech as president of the united states. i urge you all to read it. it's a beautiful speech. he said, if we ever close the door to new americans, our leadership role in the world will soon be lost. ronald reagan.
our common cause -- applaud for ronald reagan. our common cause is to find and forge a way forward for our country. let us stand for the people, to promote liberty and justice for all as we pledge every day. and always, always keep our nation safe from threats old and new, from terrorism and cyber warfare, overseas and here at home, to protect and defend. that's the oath we all take to serve in this body. that is the oath we take, to protect and defend. i close by remembering a cherished former member of this body who rose to become a beloved president of the united states and who last month returned to the capitol once more and he came this time to lie in state.
that week we honored president george herbert walker bush with eulogies, tributes and tears. today, i single out one of his great achievements, working with both democrats and republicans to write the americans with disabilities act into the laws of our land. thank you, steny hoyer, for being an important part of hat. in 2010, we marked the 20th anniversary of the act by making it possible for our colleagues with disabilities to preside over the house. by changing the mechanics of this podium. and that spirit of equality and justice, let me announce that this afternoon, the first speaker pro tempore, whom i will yield to, of the 116th congress, will be congressman as we fake the oath of land.
office today, we accept responsibility as daunting and demanding than any previous generations of leadership have faced. guided by the vision and values of our founders, the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and the aspirations that we have for our children, let us meet that responsibilities with wisdom, with courage and with grace. together, we will let it be known that this house will truly be the people's house.
and let us pray that god may bless our work and crown our god with brotherhood and sisterhood from sea to shining sea. god bless you all. and god bless the united states f america. the parliamentarian instructs me to say the following. imnow ready to take the oath of office, i ask the dean of the house of representatives, the honorable don young to administer the oath of office. before you do, mr. dean, and i
if the gentlewoman from california please raise your right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will swort and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and you take this without any mental reservation and purpose of evasion and you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office which you are ?bout to enter, so help you god the speaker: i do. let us thank dean young. thank you dean young, dean of he house of representatives.
i now call the house to order on behalf of all of america's hildren. m going to administer to the members-elect -- do the children want to go back -- or if they want to be on tv, it's up to them. stay or join their parents and grandparents. katie hill wants her children -- katie porter, whose birthday it is today wants her children to
will bear true faith and allegiance to the same that you take this obligation without mental reservation or purpose of evasion and you will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which you are about to enter, so help you god. >> i do. the speaker: congratulations. the speaker: the house will be
mr. jeffries: as chairman of the democratic caucus i have been directed to report to the house that the democratic members have selected asthma the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. leader, the distinguished the gentleman from maryland, the honorable steny hoyer. the speaker: the chair recognizes the distinguished the gentlewoman from wyoming, chair cheney. ms. cheney: as chairman of the republican conference, i have been directed to report to the house that the republican members have selected as our leader, the gentleman from california, the honorable kevin ccarthy. the speaker: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. jeverries.
jeverjever as chairman of the democratic caucus i have been directed to report to the house that the democratic members have selected asthma the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. whip the distinguished the gentleman from south carolina, he honorable james c. clyburn. and i have been directed to report that we have also selected as our assistant speaker, the distinguished the gentleman from new mexico, the honorable ben ray lujan. the speaker: the chair recognizes the distinguished the gentlewoman from wyoming, ms. cheney. ms. cheney: as chairman of the house republican conference i have been directed to report to the house that the republican members have selected as minority whip, the gentleman from louisiana, the honorable
steve scalise. the speaker: the chair recognizes the gentleman from ew york, mr. jeffries. does the gentleman seek to offer a resolution? mr. jeffries: i offer a privileged resolution electing officers of the house of representatives. the speaker: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1, that karen l. haas be and is hereby chosen clerk of the house, paul d. irving is chosen sergeant at arms of the house of representatives, that phillip george kiko of the state of ohio is chosen chief administrative
officer of the house of representatives and that father patrick j. conroy of the state of oregon be and is hereby chosen chaplain of the house of representatives. the speaker: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. jeffries: i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker: the gentleman seek to offer an amendment? does the gentleman wish to yield to the gentlelady for wyoming for addition of the question? mr. jeffries: i yield to the distinguished the gentlewoman from wyoming for the purpose of offering an amendment. ms. cheney: i have an amendment to the resolution, but before offering the amendment, i request division of the question on the resolution so we may have a separate vote on the chaplain. the speaker: the question is on agreeing to that portion of the resolution providing for the
election of the chaplain. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. portion of the resolution is agreed to. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the gentlewoman from wyoming. ms. cheney: i offer an amendment to the resolution offered to the the gentleman from new york. the clerk: amendment offered by ms. cheney that barrett karr is chosen clerk of the house of representatives, that james minn of the state of california be chosen as sergeant of arms and bill hughes of the state of south dakota and hereby chosen chief addtive officer. the speaker: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from wyoming. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
. the nost have it and the amendment is not agreed to. the question is on the remainder of the resolution offered by the gentleman from new york. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the resolution is agreed to. and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the chair will now swear in the officers of the house. the chair will now swear in the officers of the house. aren haas, paul irving, george
kiko, father conroy. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same that you take this obligation freely and without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office you are about to ensheer, so help you god? >> i do. he speaker: congratulations. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the house stand in recess subject to the call of the chair. the speaker: without objection, the house will stand in recess subject to the call of the chair.
sumner redstone and his battle for viacom and cbs -- and cbs. we talked to a reporter about her book. >> after he had a battle with cancer and came through it, he saw being seen with young women vitality andhis being with them was a sign he could tell the world and i'm going to say. thesewould go to hollywood parties and sometimes he would go home with his grandson's date. awkward for the executives in viacom and cbs because he is still the controlling shareholder of these companies. he would do really weird things. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on q&a.